The Best Episodes of Duck Dodgers
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2019
The animated Duck Dodgers television series ran for three seasons beginning in 2003 and was inspired by the 1953 Merrie Melodies cartoon "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century"--essentially a spoof of science fiction book series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Flash Gordon. The series stars Daffy Duck as Duck Dodgers, a hapless duck frozen for three centuries, thawed in the 24 1/2th century, and then assigned by Chief Scientist Dr. Ignatius Q "I.Q." Hi to defend Earth from the Martians, who are ruled by the Martian Queen and protected by Martian commander X-2 (played by Marvin Martian). Duck Dodgers is an egotistical featherbrain who's easily distractible, so it often falls to his sidekick Cadet, played by Porky Pig, to hold things together and guide the team toward successfully completing its missions. In the 13 episodes included in this first season, each of which generally comprises two stories, Duck Dodgers repeatedly battles his archenemy X-2, but his attraction to the Martian Queen often complicates his missions, as does his sporadic realization that he and X-2 really have quite a lot in common. Among Duck Dodgers's other foes are a pollen-belching plant that causes accelerated aging (unless you're of Martian heritage, in which case it causes age regression), a fat-sucking vampire, a look-alike prisoner, a hoard of Martian gophers, pirate Long John Silver the 23rd, Nasty Canasta, and even Ed McMahon. Other notable episodes include "The Green Loontern," in which a mix-up at the local dry cleaners lands Duck Dodgers in the middle of a Green Lantern battle; "Where's Baby Smarty Pants?," when Duck Dodgers is tasked with transporting a wise-beyond-his-years baby and ends up discovering a hidden talent for impersonations; and "Hooray for Hollywood Planet," where there's much poking of fun at the process and artistic liberties involved in turning a "true story" into a successful Hollywood film. The Duck Dodgers series is a great blend of zany cartoon fun and space adventure that appeals to a wide audience ages 7 and older. This compilation also includes the original 1953 cartoon "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century."
#1 - Samurai Quack
Season 2 - Episode 20
After eating a poisonous puffer fish, Dodgers hallucinates in a "Samurai Jack" episode!
#2 - Just the Two of Us
Season 3 - Episode 3
Cadet and the Centurions go on separate vacations away from their bosses. Meanwhile, Dodgers and X-2 accidentally crash their ships on the deserted
#5 - MMORPD
Season 2 - Episode 15
Dodgers and the Cadet team up with some characters in an online game to defeat an evil witch and rescue a beautiful princess. However, things aren't as they seem in virtual reality ...
#6 - In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock
Season 3 - Episode 20
The Martians create a weapon to drain energy from Earth's music and use its atomic power to destroy the Earth. Dodgers unfreezes Megadeth star, Dave Mustaine to play enough heavy metal to overload the device.
#8 - Bonafide Hero: Captain Duck Dodgers
Season 3 - Episode 22
Dodgers is the subject of a reality television show called "Bonafide Heroes," which is documenting his life as a captain. Dodgers decides to fake the capture of the criminal Camoman for the cameras. Meanwhile, the camera crew interviews various enemies and friends about Dodgers in between.
#9 - Deconstructing Dodgers
Season 2 - Episode 14
Whilst stranded at an Intergalactic Space Airport, I.Q. Hi, and the Queen of Mars reminisce of whether Dodgers isn't as dumb as he seems.
#12 - The Six Wazillion Dollar Duck
Season 3 - Episode 12
After Dodgers ends up in a critical accident, I.Q. Hi equips Dodgers with cybornetic parts, making him a super powerful cyborg. Meanwhile, the Martian Queen and X-2 kidnap other cyborg people from Earth to steal their technology, using the dubious help of Dr. Maniac.
#13 - The Queen is Wild
Season 1 - Episode 20
After being humiliated by Dodgers for rejecting her offer of King of Mars, the Queen kidnaps the Cadet to lure DD in her clutches. The Queen tries numerous ways to kill Dodgers, but during the final chase scene, she can't do it when she gets a chance. Which proves that she still has feelings for him.
#15 - The Fowl Friend
Season 1 - Episode 3
A Martian Battle Station with a new laser becomes a threat to Dodgers, and he is assigned to stop the station. With a new robot with the crew, Agent Roboto, Dodgers discovers he has a crew member who will do whatever he says. Unfortunately, when Agent Roboto is a little too good at saving the day, Dodgers plans to get rid of his newfound crew member.
#17 - Villainstruck
Season 3 - Episode 2
Dodgers and the Cadet go up against a hypnotist named the Magnificent Rogue, who is intent on flooding the Earth. Problems arise, however, when Rogue manages to hypnotize everyone into thinking he's the greatest, which includes Dodgers and the Cadet!
#20 - Clean Bill of Health
Season 3 - Episode 7
I.Q. builds a detoxification machine and uses it on Dodgers as a test subject. The machine rids Dodgers of anything impure and turns him into the perfect duck. Nobody likes this change as Dodgers becomes too helpful in everything, so I.Q., Cadet, X-2, and the Queen devise a plan to turn him back before the change becomes permanent.
#21 - The Green Loontern
Season 1 - Episode 16
Dodgers and the Cadet travel to Earth to pick up their dry cleaning. Dodgers gets the wrong clothes and is mistaken as a Green Lantern. He finds out that an entire league of Green Lanterns have been kidnapped by the evil Sinestro and his robot army. Later, Dodgers is recruited as an official Green Lantern, and he is sent to Sinestro's base to free the superheroes.